M∙A∙C Lunar New Year – Lucky Red

Fortune favours the bold. This Lunar New Year, get lucky in five fearless red lipsticks, including new shades Lotus Light and Lucky In Love. Take on even more fortune-kissed colour with the blossom-adored special deco packaging of a Powder Blush Duo and 139SH Powder Blush Brush. Share all the good luck by curating a customizable gift housed in a peony-printed gift box.

LIPSTICK
Ruby Woo very matte vivid blue red (retro matte)
Russian Red intense bluish red (matte)
Lady Danger vivid bright coral red (matte)
Lotus Light intense pinky red (amplified)
Lucky In Love mid-tone pinky mauve (matte)
CHF 28.00

POWDER BLUSH DUO
Melba soft coral peach (matte)
Lovecloud bright mid-tone pink (satin)
CHF 35.00

BRUSH
129SH Powder/Blush Brush
CHF 54.00

Exclusively available in Switzerland at M∙A∙C Stores Lucerne and Zurich, M∙A∙C Jelmoli, M∙A∙C Manor Lucerne, M∙A∙C Globus Geneva and at www.maccosmetics.ch.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics

Happy 9th Birthday, Sandra’s Closet!

9 years –  as crazy as it sounds but I have been blogging now for 108 months, which is around 3285 days, and this is my 3829th post which means I wrote more than one per day. I am thankful, Sandra’s Closet has taken me on the craziest, busiest but most amazing ride in my life.

Yesterday at the LA MER counter event at Jelmoli, I was so proud to welcome some of my Swiss readers, confident, beautiful and smart women, who came from all over the country. I cannot wait to show you the photos. A huge thank you to everyone for coming and the little surprises, I truly felt loved.

Sharing an insider tip: best place in Zurich for beauty treatments and massages:
Beauty Care Zurich.

Today, I am celebrating my blog anniversary by treating myself to an Ayurvedic massage by Ramji Lal at Beauty Care Zurich (Strehlgasse 29, 8000 Zürich, Phone: +41 44 212 12 77).

Just as a machine needs to be oiled, the body loves to have its largest organ, the skin, soothed. Anyone who has ever experienced an Ayurvedic treatment, knows its rejuvenating effect. It treats not only the body, but also the nervous system, bringing deep nourishment to all the cells and tissues as well as the mind. As I am pretty exhausted at the moment due to all my travels and projects, it helps me to recharge  my energy levels.

Starting the massage with a foot bath…

Ramji Lal has magic hands and he learnt the 5000-year-old techniques from his mother when he was a little boy. His family produces Ayurvedic oils from home-grown herbs and plants in India’s holy city. Later, he trained at the prestigious Dr. med. Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute in Kerala.

Feels like heaven: an Ayurvedic massage by Ramji Lal.

An Ayurvedic massage is MOST beneficial when combined with an Ayurvedic lifestyle, which means making conscious choices about your nutrition, sleep and more. Ramji for example suggested that I drink a glass of warm water in the morning with one teaspoon of turmeric and one of cumin which has a detoxifying, energy-boosting and fat burning effect.

Have a lovely weekend! And stay tuned… today I am treating myself, during the coming days you will be treated to celebrate the 9 years of Sandra’s Closet!

LoL, Sandra

 Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

M∙A∙C x Patrick Starrr – Slay Ride

When it comes to make-up for the festive season, the more is merrier. Now, it is all about adding the right sparkle and glittering through the winter festivities. Therefore, I don’t want you to miss Patrick Starrr’s fifth, final and fiercest collection with M∙A∙C: «Slay Ride»!

Throughout his journey from photographer to self-taught makeup artist to M∙A∙C Orlando Freelancer to boundary-breaking mega-influencer, Patrick has inspired with his beauty-for-all philosophy.
Now he brings sultry magic to the holidays with ultra-glam hues made to fit everyone.

New custom-designed shades of Lipstick, Dazzleglass, Pigment and Mineralize Skinfinish – plus Eye Shadow x 6 Palettes and the return of most-wanted must-have Patrick’s Powder – are all dolled up for the ultimate slay ride in glittery red packaging.

LIPSTICK, CHF 28.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
PEACHY PETTER Creamy neutral beige (Matte)
SPANK ME SANTA Dirty rose (Matte)
SLAY RIDE Brownish orange red (Matte)

DAZZLEGLASS, CHF 26.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
SANTA GOT MONEYY True gold with gold pearl
HOT COCO BISH Mid-tone brown
TWERK FOR GIFTS Peach gold with shimmer
RIDE MY SLEIGH True red
SILENT NIGHT Deep purple red

OH, HOLY EYES EYESHADOW X 6, CHF 60.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
MAMASTARRR’S COOKIE Pinky beige (Matte)
GIFT GIVER Gold shimmer (Lustre)
SHE’S GRAVY Mid-tone peachy beige (Matte)
FA LA LA LA LA Light reddish brown (Matte)
JINGLE BALL BRONZE Peach gold sparkle (Lustre)
SHADY SANTA Dark red brown (Matte)

SMOKY SLEIGH EYESHADOW X 6, CHF 60.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
SANTA’S STILETTOS Muted reddish brown (Matte)
TREE TOPPER Teddy bear brown with gold pearl (Frost)
STOCKING STUFFER Muted beige (Matte)
HOLIDAY SECRET Green-gold sparkle (Lustre)
RIBBON REALNESS Muted burgundy plum (Matte)
GAGGING FOR GIFTS Deep brown (Matte)

PIGMENT, CHF 35.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
OMIGAUD IT’S GOLD Sparkling chunky peach gold
PATRICKSTARRR Sparkling coral pink
TWINKLING LIGHTS Sparkling bronze gold

MINERALIZE SKINFINISH, CHF 41.00 (LIMITED EDITION)
BABY IT’S GOLD OUTSIDE Mid-tone bronze gold with sparkle

SET POWDER, $ 35.00(LIMITED EDITION)
PATRICK’S POWDER Colourless, ultra-fine with matte finish

Limited Edition, in Switzerland exclusively available online at 6th December and in select stores, M∙A∙C Store Zurich, Lucerne and M∙A∙C Manor Zurich and Geneva.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics
#MACPATRICKSTARRR @maccosmetics @patrickstarrr

You’re Invited for a Special Treat with La Mer

I am so happy to share today’s post with you. Next week my blog is turning 9! Can you imagine? Time flies… just to give you an idea of all the work that went into this site. This is my 3821st post and since many years not one day has passed without spotting something new in the world of fashion. I enjoy so much what I am doing and would love to celebrate with you

Meet me next Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich!

For all my Swiss readers and of course also for those who want to come to Switzerland, meet me next Thursday, November 22nd 2018 between 6pm – 9pm at the LA MER counter at JELMOLI in Zurich for an evening filled with bubbles, beauty and great company.

That night, the shops in Zurich will be open until 10pm and the city’s «Lucy» lights for Christmas will be illuminate the Bahnhofstrasse in a switch-on ceremony at 6pm.

As space is limited and a personalized gift will be waiting for you, I would kindly ask you to sign up latest on Monday, 19th of November. Please send me an e-mail with the header «LA MER», your full name and the time you are planning to come to . First come, first serve. I will send you a confirmation e-mail to confirm your presence.

You will get a lot of special treats – here is what to expect:
Champagne from Perrier-Jouët

Freelance celebrity make-up artist Andrea Kipfer will introduce LA MER‘s amazing Skincolor Foundation. Andrea is the co-founder of the renowned hair & makeup agency Style Council and has done many advertising and fashion shoots. During the evening, she will happily help you to improve your make-up skills and share some beauty secrets with us.

You also get the chance to discover the different textures of the famous LA MER moisturizers. Once you find your favorite, you will be gifted with a luxury size sample of it.On top, each guest will receive an original size LA MER Lip Balm worth CHF 82.00 that will be engraved with a special message.

I am so much looking forward to meeting and spending the evening with you!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Andrea Kipfer
© André Hengst – www.on-eyes-photography.ch
#LoveLaMer www.lamer.ch

My Look: Hybrid Fashion

Hybrid fashion has been trending for some time now and it is a must when you are looking for refreshing staples. Here you see me wearing a deconstructed sweater that instantly catches your eye. Spliced with a lace-trimmed cream satin camisole through the middle, it slouches off the shoulder and has an adjustable spaghetti strap. The gray wool-blend is knitted with touches of cashmere so it feels soft and cozy. Perfect for a stroll through the city.

My look: Cashmere coat in pink by Pradapaneled wool-blend, lace and satin sweater by Alexander Wangicon, drawstring shorts by Givenchy, suede overknee boots by Dior, Kelly «So Black» by HermèsGG jacquard pattern knitted scarficon, and rabbit-felt fedoraicon, both by Gucci.

The key to fight the autumn blues is to wear some vibrant colors and to have a glowing complexion. One product I can highly recommend is LA MER‘s new The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20. This all-in-one compact is also a hybrid product, a mixture between powder and foundation, especially great for touch-ups on the go. With healing hydration from Miracle Broth and color capsule technology, it gives skin a lift of luminosity—for a fresh, flawless look and a plumper, firmer feel, like cashmere for your skin. Available now for CHF 115.00 including a refill and additional sponge applicator.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Rescue Remedies to Keep Skin Trouble-Free

In 2017, SHISEIDO launched the WASO skincare line. Comprised of 7 daily skincare products, the line, which is inspired by Washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine, is formulated to address the specific needs of young adult’s skin, as well as boosting its resistance to daily stressors.

This fall, Waso introduces two brand NEW masks to visibly and instantly rescue skin by resolving concerns due to our daily environment and lifestyle.

Formulated with two new star ingredients, associated with a unique anti-blemish technology, these masks will immediately improve sudden skin troubles and bring it back to a balanced and healthy looking condition. Constant exposure to the stresses and strains of modern living: late nights, overworking and pollution can take its toll on your skin. Your skin, as well as your mind, deserves a break with these little helpers.

PURIFYING PEEL OFF MASK
A pearl-red mask powered by botanicals. Peels away dirt, pollutants, such as oxidation, carbon and airborn dirt particles, and others causes of breakouts, to uncover smooth, hydrated skin that’s free from impurities. An emergency reset button for stress free skin and a stress-free mind.

FOCUS: RED SHISO FOR DETOX
Renowned for its natural health benefits, the Red Shiso’s roots lay deep in Japan. Rich in vitamins and minerals, this herb has been used throughout history for its detoxification and anti-oxidizing effects. By suppressing the glycation of protein, shiso leaf extract helps to minimize dullness caused by stress and restore radiance. For dewy, healthy-looking skin with a radiant glow.

WHO IS IT FOR?
• All skin types in need of refining
• Skin that needs purifying
• Skin that is dull
• Skin with visible pores

WHAT DOES IT DO?
• Removes old surface cells for smoother, more radiant skin
• Lifts sebum and impurities from pores for a clearer complexion
• Maintains essential moisture

WHAT WILL I SEE?
• A fresh, bright skin with renewed clarity
• Less visible pores

HOW TO USE IT
Use once or twice a week – approximately 3cm x 4 of product (equivalent to a tablespoon)
Smooth evenly on clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area, brows, lips and hairline.
Wait for approximately 20 mins or until the mask becomes no longer sticky to the touch and gently remove from forehead to chin.
Purifying Peel Off Mask – CHF 46.80

BEAUTY SLEEPING MASK
An intensive yuzu-infused moisturizing mask. Recharges skin while you sleep for a refreshed, radiant and healthy-looking glow the very next morning – even after little sleep.

FOCUS: GREEN  YUZU FOR MOISTURE
High in vitamins A, C and E, Yuzu (Japanese citrus) is known for its intense beautifying effects. The Aoyuzu (Green Yuzu), harvested only in early summer, possesses a fresh acidity and crisp dewiness. Its extract promotes production of hyaluronic acid to help moisturize skin that is prone to dryness.

WHO IS IT FOR?
• All skin types in need of an intensive moisture boost
• Fatigued skin

WHAT DOES IT DO?
• Restores skin using an intensive moisture wrap
• Recharges skin overnight for a rested and vibrant complexion

WHAT WILL I SEE?
• Radiant and healthy looking skin
• Skin plumped with moisture

HOW TO USE IT
Complete recharge at night
. Use as the last step in your skincare routine, just before going to bed. Take an almond-sized drop and smooth evenly over the face, gently blending it in. Do not remove the gel. Allow the mask to work while you sleep.

Flash 10 minutes recharge. Apply the product in thick layer and smooth over the face, focusing on the cheeks and around the eye area. After 10 minutes, massage the remaining gel onto the skin. When applying makeup directly after, use a tissue to absorb any excess oil.
Beauty Sleeping mask – CHF 55.80

Two masks to reset and recharge your beauty – true rescue remedies to keep skin trouble-free, and not only the young one. My daughter and I are fighting over them…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shiseido

Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge

«Ultra Rouge adds new magic both to the experience of lipstick and the expression of red. Because the formula acts as an overprint, like an ink tattooing the lips and like an extremely weightless coloured film, it enabled me to develop new, highly saturated and luminous shades. Like a painter with a new colour palette.» – Peter Philips

Meet DIOR‘s first weightless, ultra-pigmented long-wearing hydrating lipstick with the comfort of a lip ink: Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. A true revolution in the history of lipstick, it delivers high colour impact and wear for up to 12 hours. The colours seem more saturated with a luminous, semi-matte finish for incredible sensoriality and hydration.

Always at the cutting edge, DIOR challenged its research department to combine the desire for dazzling colour with the need for long-lasting comfort. The fruit of in-depth scientific studies, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge is the first lipstick composed of a polymer combined with a plant-based oil.

Application Tips
1. Start by lining the lips with Dior Rouge Ink Lip Liner.
2. For perfectly even results, then apply Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge with the Backstage Lip Brush working from the center of the lips outwards.
3. For a bolder colour finish, apply the lipstick directly on the lips. For optimal application, extend the tip of the stick by 2 mm.

Available in 26 ultra-saturated couture shades of which DIOR named four it-shades that make strong statements:

999 Ultra Dior – «You can never be too much of a woman, so enjoy it.» Red par excellence, iconic yet different.
770 Ultra Love – «Believe in yourself, if you don’t, who will?» This loved-up raspberry is easy to wear yet has a strong temperament, setting the tone for rosewoods and beiges that border on coral.

851 Ultra Shock – «It’s better to be shocking than boring.» A high-impact heady burgundy carries intense shades in its wake, from wines and deep browns to greyish taupes and deep purples.
777 Ultra Star – «All of us are stars, aren’t we?» Poppy stars in a palette of bright hues fed on pop culture.

Two cursors of intensity:
Alongside these honorable reds, two collectible shades stand out. These two extreme shades can either be worn alone, making a powerful statement, or as a base or finishing touch to modify another shade:


111 Ultra Night 47, a black that enables you to intensify each shade or practice your lip artistry.
000 Ultra Light 47, a pure white to neutralize your natural lip colour or soften another shade.

To play with colours and intensities, use the white and black shades.

Personal note
I brought my new lip combo to my trip to Korea but it took me a while to get used to the application of the lip liner as it would not work so well on my upper lip. Why? I didn’t get enough colour. You have to be careful of the angle you hold the pen. Once you have got it, it is amazing. In combination with the lipstick, it holds extremely long while hydrating your lips at the same time.

ROUGE DIOR ULTRA ROUGE: CHF 51.50
DIOR ROUGE INK LIP LINER: CHF 39.00

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Dior and © Sandra Bauknecht
@diormakeup @diorbeautylovers

OPI x The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Watching Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet is a Holiday tradition that’s full of magic and wonder. In honor of that beloved tradition, OPI has collaborated with Disney in celebration of their new blockbuster, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms to bring shades of royalty to your nails.

OPI created 12 new limited edition nail colors and three perfectly coordinating glitter shades inspired by the Disney movie. Journey through the magic of the Four Realms this holiday season and choose from classic Nail Lacquer, Infinite Shine and GelColor.

Shades top left to top right: Dancing Keeps Me on my Toes – Tinker, Thinker, Winker? – Dreams Need Clara-fication – March in Uniform – Dazzling Dew Drop – Envy the Adventure
Shades bottom left to bottom right: Lavendare to Find Courage – Berry Fairy Fun – Toying with Trouble – Candied Kingdom – Ginger’s Revenge – Black to Reality

Great news! Glitter shades are available for the first time as Infinite Shine:
Gold Key to the Kingdom – Dreams on a  Silver Platter – I Pull the Strings

It doesn’t matter if you’re cold as ice, never sacrifice your sparkle. I love the combination of these three shades: Dreams Need Clara-Fication, Tinker Thinker Winker?, and Dreams on a Silver Platter.

The collection will hit the shelves in Switzerland today and will be available for at least 3 months. Nail Polish CHF 19.90 (15ml) and Infinite Shine CHF 24.90 (15ml).

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of OPI
#OPIandNutcracker

M∙A∙C Shiny Pretty Things

This Holiday, break from the everyday and take a technicolour trip in an all-new shiny, pretty, kaleidescopic collection.
More is more – so lose yourself in bauble-bright, hallucinatory hues built to party, including shiny pretty shadow – high-intensity pressed glitter eye shadows created for major sparkle.

LIPSTICK
A WINK OF PINK MID-TONE ROSE PINK WITH BRONZE GOLD SHIMMER (FROST)
AT LEISURE CREAMY PINK BEIGE WITH GOLD PEARL (FROST)
BABETOWN DIRTY BEIGE PINK (CREMESHEEN)
BOTH CHEEKS BRIGHT FUCHSIA (MATTE)
STRAIGHT FIRE METALLIC TRUE RED (MATTE METALLIC)
CHF 28.00

LIPGLASS
CAKETOP PINKY PEACH WITH ICY SHIMMER
ICE ORCHID MID-TONE COOL PINK
ROSEBUDDY DEEPENED BERRY
SCARCELY SEEN LIGHT BEIGE PINK
TUDOR ROSE HOT MAGENTA WITH PINK PEARL
CHF 26.00

SHINY PRETTY SHADOW
P FOR PINK ROSE GOLD WITH SILVER SPARKLE
JUST CHILLING GREY WITH SILVER SHEEN
MAJOR WIN ASH PINK WITH SILVER SHIMMER
MAKE A WISH TARNISHED OLIVE SHIMMER
JOY TO GREY BROWN WITH SHIMMER
CHF 26.00

DAZZLELINER
A LITTLE MOONLIGHT BLACK WITH SILVER AND GOLD PEARL
HOLIDAY TIME! GOLD WITH PINK SHIMMER
MIDNIGHT TOAST MIDNIGHT BLUE WITH SILVER PEARL
STATUESQUE TRUE SILVER SHIMMER
CHF 28.00

EXTRA DIMENSION SKINFINISH
OH DARLING METALLIC GOLD
SNOWFLUSHED METALLIC BRONZE PINK
CHF 41.00

Available at all M∙A∙C Counters and Stores and at www.maccosmetics.ch from November 2018.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of M∙A∙C Cosmetics

First Advent Calendars Available Now

Christmas might be months away but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about the advent calendars set to be released in the coming weeks. I’ve had a peek at most of them already and can confirm that 2018 is looking gorgeous. These three luxurious calendars are a fabulous way to count down to Christmas. Best of all, the beautifying treats inside won’t take a toll on your waist line.

The CLARINS Advent Calendar 2018 is available now as limited edition for CHF 99.00.

The 25 Days of Beauty – NET-A-PORTER Advent Calendar offers one door more…

The JO MALONE Advent Calendar 2018 will be available from October 30, 2018 for CHF 490.00.

If you like to travel mostly with hand luggage like me, you will totally enjoy all these travel size products included for face, body and hair.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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